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Create a separate administrator account

7 Computer-Security Fixes to Make Right Now
By , Sue Marquette Poremba
Create a separate administrator account

Speaking of administrator access, it's best to set up a limited-user account that can't install or remove software for your day-to-day use, even if you're the primary or sole user of a computer.

That way, any malware that infects your regular account, and borrows your user privileges, can't do much damage.

Create a separate administrator account with full user capabilities, but use it ONLY when modifying software. Log out of it when done and return to your regular, less powerful account.

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    jakjawagon , July 27, 2013 8:11 AM
    This is basically a regurgitation of the "12 Sure-fire Ways to Get Infected" page from the Anti-virus round-up a few weeks ago.
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    hmp_goose , July 27, 2013 8:18 PM
    Where's "Kill the `Everybody' Group"?
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    Divyanshu Sah , July 29, 2013 4:05 AM
    Thats true but we also know that.
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